When Slambooks Go Online

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Thanks to social media, bullying has become more insidious than ever. “Confessions” platforms—independently run pages on social media sites and mobile apps where students can anonymously post about their campus communities—are rampant on campuses across the country. The emphasis on anonymous contributions makes the personal public. The forums feature racism, sexism and homophobia, perpetuating intolerance […]

Women Don’t Fear Power. Power Fears Women.

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Reading yesterday about the abrupt firing of Jill Abramson, along with the resignation of Le Monde’s Natalie Nougayrède, was like watching a ripple of misogyny move through the air in slow motion. Similar, in fact, to watching the slow, then fast, build to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s removal from office. There’s no way to […]

“Silicon Valley”: Comedy That Hits Too Close to Home … Or Just Close Enough?

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Three episodes of the new HBO comedy series Silicon Valley have passed, and I admit that I’m hooked, though not always for good reasons. The show, directed by Mike Judge (known for his hit sitcom Office Space), follows a group of young programmers living in a tech incubator in Silicon Valley and attempting to get a […]

Hunger: The New Solution for Street Harassment

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Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of the typical “Hey baby” cat-call, you heard something like this from men on the street: “You know what I’d like to see? A society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender-neutral interactions, free from assumptions and expectations. You go, girl!” Well, Snickers Australia has discovered […]

Quote, Unquote — Kickstarting Women’s History

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The seeds for my book (and now web series) The Quotable Woman began back in 1973, when I had a vision. It came to me in the middle of a restless night, not long after my mother died. I was sleeping in her bed when suddenly a light appeared. In the light was a book. […]

Alice Walker Documentary on PBS This Friday

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Sometimes you have to write the stories you want to read—or, in this case, see. A few years ago, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar was staying with friends and happened across PBS’ American Masters series on DVD.  She couldn’t help but notice something was missing: They were all about American men who are icons, or who have […]

Girls Will Be “Girls” — A Feminist Lens on Season 3

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The third season of HBO’s Girls premiered Sunday night with two new episodes and a whole lot of millennial self-absorption. Hannah (Lena Dunham), now back with Adam (Adam Driver), is getting her life back on track, while her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams) is single again after being ceremonially dumped by Charlie (Christopher Abbott). Shoshanna […]

The Femisphere: Young Feminists, Part 2

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Continuing the conversation we started with young feminist bloggers here … The Femisphere: Do you think it’s accurate, as sometimes portrayed by mainstream media and even certain feminists, that young people aren’t as “into” feminism any more? Gloria Malone: Hell no! It’s a lazy and inaccurate statement. Just because young people’s feminism doesn’t look like […]

The Femisphere: Young Feminists, Part 1

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Feminist youth are thriving, and much of their presence can be felt online. I had the chance to speak with three young bloggers about the work they do and their feelings on the future of feminism. Carmen Rios Carmen Rios is a writer and activist based in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her dog, […]

Profiles in Courage: Women Journalists

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This year, four fearless women journalists were each awarded a prestigious Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation for their commitment to seeking the truth even when it puts their lives in danger. The 2013 recipients hail from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Syria. Three were flown to the United States to be honored at […]